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Supply Survey on The Leather industry in Sudan
Sudan is endowed with a very large livestock population. The animal herd of Sudan is estimated at about 134.57 million heads, being the largest in Africa and the Middle
East. It consists of about 39.76 million cattle, 48.91 million sheep, 42.18 million goats and 3.72 million camels (Ministry of Animal Resources, 2004) ) Based on the quoted
figures Sudan ranks on the 7th place with respect to cattle population, the 6th place on sheep population and the 4th place on goat population worldwide (FAO, 2001).
However, such large stock provides annually a relatively small quantity of hides and skins. There is a wide disparity between the livestock population and the hides and
skins output. The main reasons for that been the low off-take of about 6% for bovine lower than African average 8% and the lack of meat industry. Sudan hides and skins
are characterized by a fine quality of its fiber network composition and grain surface which make it suitable for the manufacture of many articles such as garments and
gloves (FAO, 1991).